This Week in Sedgwick County
Board of County Commissioners
- Health Director Adrienne Byrne provided a COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.
- Sedgwick County has a total of 295 COVID-19 cases.
- One-hundred-forty-three residents have recovered from COVID-19.
- Five residents from Sedgwick County have died from COVID-19
- An online dashboard on the County website has launched to track and display daily Sedgwick County COVID-19 data.
- One-hundred-ten employees from across various departments and divisions have been re-assigned to aid the Health Department with COVID-19 response.
- The Health Department is monitoring and collaborating with the Clearwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to ensure the identified virus cluster does not spread.
- Assistant County Manager for Public Safety Rusty Leeds provided a report on emergency operations.
- The County has a three-week supply of personal protection equipment (PPE).
- The County continues to work with several local vendors to produce protective gowns, cloth masks, and face shields.
- Six-hundred cloth masks are being delivered a week.
- One-thousand-two-hundred to 1,500 gowns are being delivered a week.
- Many emergency workers have been tested for COVID-19 and all tests have come back negative.
- The County is working with a local hotel to house emergency workers who are self-isolating as a precautionary measure.
- Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman gave an update on COVID-19 sample testing.
- SCHD has 1,001 testing kits on-hand at the Health Department.
- One-thousand testing swabs are on-hand.
- There are 5,000 testing swabs on order that should arrive near May 5.
- The drive-thru testing site was open five times last week.
- The clinic tested 90 people a day on average this week.
- Testing hours will be extended soon.
- The Board approved receiving $99.6 million in federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- Funding must be used to recoup costs related to COVID-19.
- The installation of safety measures.
- Deep cleaning of County facilities.
- The hiring of specialized staff.
- Funds are expected soon.
- Spending expenditures will be tracked to provide accountability and to ensure purchases are related to COVID-19 response.
- The Board approved sending an opinion request to Attorney General Derek Schmidt and a letter to Governor Laura Kelly (with copies to legislative leaders) regarding deferring interest on property tax payments for 60 days.
View the meeting here: https://youtu.be/Iu2VJZgEJeA
For questions, contact Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370.